Holly Willoughby united with her friends and fellow TV presenters Fearne Cotton, Emma Willis and Gok Wan for a very special reason on Thursday. The group attended an event hosted by The Orchid Project, a charity that works to put an end to female genital cutting (FGC), which Holly told fans was "very inspirational".
They weren't the only famous faces at the event; actress Sally Lindsay and Gavin and Stacey star Ruth Jones also joined the group to learn more about the charity's work. Meanwhile, Dawn French was the host for the evening. Holly shared an Instagram photo of the group all sitting together at a table, writing: "Had a very inspirational night last night listening to the harrowing stories of the women who know first-hand the horrors of female genital cutting… the good news is progress is being made. Spear heading that change is www.orchidproject.org. You can help them by donating and understanding if you want to… x".
A group of celebrities attended The Orchid Project charity event
Fearne also posted the same photo on her own Instagram account, telling fans: "Last night we had the privilege to sit and listen to some amazing women from The Orchid Project talking about Female Genital Cutting and how big changes are being made to end it forever. We learned so much, listened to personal stories and were shown places in the world where areas had pledged to stop it forever due to the work of this charity."
Gok Wan told his followers it was "an evening full of hope", while Sally had said it had been a "wonderful night", as they all shared social media posts in a bid to raise awareness for the cause. Orchid Project was founded in 2010 and aims to end FGC by educating communities and launching a Social Mobilisation project that has led to the abandonment of the practice in 72 communities.